Researchers with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have made contact with a wild Sumatran rhinoceros in Indonesian Borneo! This is a big conservation success — Sumatran rhinos were nearly considered extinct in the area, as there hadn't been a live sighting of the elusive species for more than forty years.
On March 12, 2016, using a pit trap, WWF and other members of the Sumatran Rhino Conservation Team were able to capture one young female without harm, as part of an operation to create a new sanctuary for the species. The team plans to transfer at least three individuals to a protected forest in an undisclosed location, with hopes of restoring the species' population to a sustainable size without the threat of poachers.
See footage of the pit trap capture below:
Badak Sumatera Berhasil Ditemukan di Kutai Barat Untuk Upaya PenyelamatanDalam kurun waktu lima dekade terakhir, ini adalah kali pertama Badak Sumatera dapat diamati secara langsung di habitatnya.Video : WWF
Posted by National Geographic Indonesia on Monday, March 21, 2016
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Last year, scientists declared the Sumatran rhino regionally extinct in Malaysia, and before 2013 they were thought to have disappeared from the island of Borneo, too. But footprints and camera-trap footage brought a new glimmer of hope for the species, and WWF claims to have now identified fifteen individuals in three separate populations across Indonesian Borneo.
With a little hope and a lot of effort, we may be able to restore this incredible species to the wild.